Wednesday , Jan , 23 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Who Wins The Dunk Contest: Rudy Gay, Gerald Green, Dwight Howard, Or Jamario Moon?

It’s official. Rudy Gay, Dwight Howard, and Jamario Moon will challenge defending champ Gerald Green in another Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. This event is still historic. Larry Nance originally set things off, winning the very first competition. Then old school heads like Michael Jordan, Dr. J, and Dominique Wilkins used their aerial antics to turn the dunk contest into All-Star weekend’s flagship event …

Who Wins The Dunk Contest: Rudy Gay, Gerald Green, Dwight Howard, Or Jamario Moon?My AM Take: It’s official. Yesterday, the NBA announced Rudy Gay, Dwight Howard, and Jamario Moon will challenge defending champ Gerald Green at this year’s Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans.

 

This event is still historic. Larry Nance originally set things off, winning the very first competition. Then old school heads like Michael Jordan, Dr. J, and Dominique Wilkins used their aerial antics to turn the dunk contest into All-Star weekend’s flagship event.

Recently, the competition fell on hard times, but never fell off. In fact, this year’s crew will continue to restore the Dunk Contest to past glory.

Here’s where you come in. Below is a preview of all four contestants doing their thing above the rim. Read the post, watch the clip, form an opinion, and get at us in the comment box with your favorite to win the Slam Dunk Contest.

Challenger #1: Rudy Gay, Memphis.

The Skinny: The second year pro can fly. Coming out of college he was dubbed the most athletic player in the draft and he hasn’t disappointed.

Video Evidence: The look out below Yi .

 

 

 

Defending Champion: Gerald Green, Minnesota .

 

The Skinny: The defending champ will be well-rested after collecting his fair share of DNPs-CD in Minnesota.

 

Video Evidence: A little video from high school, summer league, and the pros. Add in some U2 elevation for good measure.

 

Challenger #3: Dwight Howard, Orlando .

The Skinny: The second-coming of Shaquille O’Neal possesses athleticism, quickness, size, and power. However, being a ‘big’ has its drawbacks in a dunk contest.

Video Evidence: The slept-on sticker-jam at last year’s competition.

 

 

 

Challenger#4: Jamario Moon, Toronto .

The Skinny: From free agent walk-on to regular season starter to participating in the dunk contest. Not a bad few months for Moon. The pogo-stick forward is hoping to write another chapter to his Cinderella fairy tale with a victory in New Orleans .

Video Evidence: The north of the border montage.

 

 

Winner: Gerald Green.

Why:

.His athleticism, length, and experience gives him the edge. Look for Green to repeat.

Will Green win back-to-back Slam Dunk Contests? If not Green, then who wins? Vote in the comment box below.

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